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Between all of us we have been creating a society where the rush makes the people who make it up to seek to do more and more things in less time. We live life at an intense pace, and especially in cities where schedules, consumerism, overwork and what others expect of us mark our movements.
However, on our site we propose a different parenting model, it is about practicing Slow Life with our children, a way to educate our children without so much haste.
The obsession with competitiveness, being more productive, impatience and that kind of need to use our work schedule so excessively to the point of using it to organize all aspects of our lives (social relationships, raising children, activities leisure, etc.), has generated a kind of social dictatorship in which there is no space for tranquility, pause and ultimately to enjoy life.
The environment in which we live affects everything around us. We adults have created a culture based on a frenetic rhythm of life in which for a few decades we can appreciate both physical and psychological symptoms that are indicating that children are not growing up in the most appropriate environment for their optimal development.
Today it is very common to see children who are imposed on a school and extracurricular agenda that marks their rhythm of life, generating a feeling of overwhelm and exhaustion and stress. This has very negative consequences for them:
- Growth stages are shortened, both physically and emotionally.
- Lack of time to play affects the child's health since the game is necessary and fundamental for its development.
- Strict schedules marked by excess activities and tasks after school bring with them the lack of freedom.
- That parents and children have busy schedules can imply a lack of time to be together that implies the estrangement of parents in the education of their children.
For the proper development and education of children it is important that let's put aside the rush. To do this, we can rely on an alternative movement called Slow life in which we are proposed to take things slowly, following natural biological rhythms. A philosophy marked by a slowed down lifestyle for all facets of life that goes from work to the education of our children. To carry out this lifestyle, we must take into account its principles:
- Respect the child's rhythm. Do not treat the little one as if he were also an adult.
- Respect family customs. Encourage family meals, so that there are good eating habits, and also, to strengthen emotional ties with the little ones, leaving aside distractions such as: television, or mobile phones.
- Put aside the mobile. There is a statistic saying that we look at our phones on average 150 times a day. It would be important to keep it off in the moments that the children enjoy.
- Put aside the TV. Having the television constantly on can increase stress levels due to constant background noise.
- Have time to get bored. Boredom means having time to think and creativity to flourish. Children constantly receive stimuli and information from television, mobile phones, computers, etc. That prevents their brains from establishing a connection between the knowledge they acquire and order their ideas. It is important that there is a time and space in which they can think and create.
- Healthy competition. The child must be encouraged to enjoy team activities and not try to compete to be above the others.
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